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  1. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday 5 January
  2. Updates for Friday 2 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Alex Homer

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Local Live has finished for the day. We're back at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Coming up on TV

Geeta Pendse

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

A Derbyshire villager is so angry with an apparent "about turn" by his local MP, that he's trying to persuade other residents not to vote at all.

Hear more on this story and others in the

East Midlands Today at 18:30 on BBC One.

Tonight's forecast

Anna Church

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

Remaining clear this evening allowing for temperatures to drop quickly,

but cloud will increase with rain arriving from the southwest during the night.


The rain will be heavy at times, potentially wintry for a short time for high ground. There will be lows of 3C (37F).

Tributes to Derby basketball coach Clarence Wiggins

An American-born basketball player and coach who died suddenly in Derby

has been described as "an incredible servant to the sport".

Clarence Wiggins
Alan Mousley

Clarence Wiggins, 58, who was born in North Carolina, was a player and coach in Derby for more than 30 years. Wiggins died on 29 December.

Peak District's beauty

BBC Radio Derby

The Peak District in Derbyshire has been named alongside entire countries as one of the 10 best places to film in the world.

The Village

The area is featured in the "must see" TV locations for tourists by the Radio Times. Sweden and Canada are also on the list. BBC One's

The Village is filmed in the Peak District.

Serious crash in Brailsford

BBC Travel

The A52 Main Road in Brailsford is closed in both directions at the Luke Lane junction, because of a serious accident,

warns BBC Travel.

Record callouts

BBC Radio Derby

East Midlands Ambulance Service had a record busy day yesterday.

EMAS ambulance

The service had received 2,200 calls by 15:00. At one point in the early hours of the morning it was getting a call every 21 seconds.

A38 speed plan will 'save lives' says fire chief Peter Davies

Burton Mail

The man who represents the views of Burton on the county's fire authority has thrown his weight behind

plans for a 60mph speed limit to be introduced across the entire stretch of the A38.

Peter Davies said the move was a 'good measure that would save lives'.

Moorways pool debate

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

Derby City Council will debate its proposal to shut Moorways swimming pool on 28 January. A petition, calling for it to remain open

has now gathered more than the 5,000 signatures required to ensure the issue is debated.

Molly Renshaw
Getty Images

Commonwealth silver medallist Molly Renshaw (pictured) used to train at the pool with swimming club Derventio Excel. The council says shutting the pool will save £79m in three years.

Burton injury latest

Ed Dawes

BBC Radio Derby

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will check on

the fitness of Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (pictured) and Lucas Akins when his third-placed side face the League Two leaders Shrewsbury tomorrow.

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
Getty Images

Cansdell-Sherriff has a calf injury, while Akins has an ankle problem.

Christmas lights funding

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

Derby City Council's confirmed the city's Christmas lights will survive another year. But it says the current level of spending is not sustainable in the long-term. A council report says the £114,000 pounds spent each year on the lights is "not considered viable". It's working with businesses to find alternative funding for future years.

Appeal over NYE assault

A 29-year-old man is in hospital with a serious head injury following an assault in Derby.

McTurk kebabs

A 24-year-old man been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. Police are

appealing for information about the attack that happened in the early hours of New Year's Day at McTurk kebabs on the Morledge.

Firm raises £12k for air ambulance

Belper News

An estate agents firm raised more than £12,000 for an air ambulance charity in 2014 -

the biggest sum the service has ever received.

Moorways pool closure debate

Chris Doidge

BBC Radio Derby political reporter

The fate of a threatened Derby swimming pool

will be debated after a petition passed a benchmark figure.

Moorways swimming pool entrance

The council want to demolish Moorways and build a better facility in its place. Rival political groups have backed the petition, calling for it to remain open, which has now gathered more than the 5,000 signatures required to force a discussion at the next council meeting.

Rams fringe players could feature

BBC Sport

Derby County boss Steve McClaren is set

to give some of his fringe players an outing against Conference side Southport in the FA Cup third round.

Police computer spend justified

BBC Radio Derby

Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has defended his decision to spend more than £1m equipping police officers with hand-held computers. The idea is to enable them to do paperwork while they are on patrol. It is hoped the initiative will keep bobbies on the beat for longer periods of their shift.

Matthew Ellis says it is worth the cost.

MP justifies fare hike

Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP, explained the

hike in rail fares earlier by saying "the country supported the rail industry by £4bn a year" and the government was investing in upgrading stations and lines across the country.

British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Money will make roads ‘fit for 21st century’

Derbyshire Times

Derbyshire is set to benefit from almost £100,000 of funding between 2015 and 2021 to improve local roads,

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.

Coming up

Andy Potter

Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

I will be joined by gardening expert Mark Smith on

today's show who will be giving his tips for January.

I will also be talking diets with Katie Hopkins, the former Apprentice contestant, who has made a new documentary My Fat Story which is screened on TLC this evening.

Katie Hopkins

And Steve Blount will be talking about the Bearded Theory Festival on the show. The event takes place at Catton Park and last year was named the best small festival in the country. James are headlining this year.

Spur Road assurance welcomed

Buxton Advertiser

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has

welcomed an assurance from Prime Minister David Cameron that a future Conservative government will deliver Glossop's long-awaited Spur Road.

Ozbox petition

Wesley Mallin

Newsreader, BBC Derby

More than 700 people have signed a petition to

save an anti-crime boxing fitness programme used by about 9,000 young people a week.

Ozbox session in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Police has said it will stop running Ozbox in March after it failed to secure lottery funding for the £430,000-a-year scheme.

Rams to loan Bent

BBC Sport

Derby County are

poised to sign out-of-favour Aston Villa striker Darren Bent on loan until the end of the season.

Darren Bent

The 30-year-old England international has just ended a loan spell at Brighton and is set to hold talks with Rams head coach Steve McClaren on Friday.

Shortlist for burying pylons

Lauren Potts

BBC News

The project to bury ugly overhead lines has shortlisted

12 stretches of pylons in eight areas across the country.

A final decision on the Peak District plan will be made in March.

Electricity pylons

The pylons can be seen across a 12.8km (8m) stretch of the national park, starting near Penistone in South Yorkshire and ending at Tintwistle in Derbyshire.

Boxing Day grit was a 'shambles'

Ashbourne News Telegraph

A Conservative councillor has slammed Derbyshire County Council's response to the Boxing Day snow fall, saying the response to ensure the roads were kept clear was a


McClaren 'unflattered' by Newcastle link

Owen Bradley

BBC Radio Derby Sport

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has said he is

no longer flattered by being linked with top management roles.

Steve McClaren

"I'm past all that," said McClaren, who has been tipped to succeed Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager.

Business study for Buxton

Buxton Advertiser

A study

which reveals important opportunities for Buxton's economy, local businesses and the local community is to be launched on January 14.

Reason behind signalling problems

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said the signalling problem at Birmingham New Street is similar to one faced by passengers yesterday and "the pressure was on" for workers to remedy it as soon as possible today because a normal timetable of services has begun again.

I'm told the problem is technology related. The station needed some data cards to be replaced and the ones it used yesterday were not sufficiently modern. The new ones have been delivered from Derby today and it is hoped they'll be installed by 10:45, and then tested for about 15 minutes, so normal services can resume as soon as possible after that.

Train delays

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to one hour at Derby station on CrossCountry services between Birmingham New Street and Leicester, and between Nottingham and Cheltenham Spa due to a signalling problem at Birmingham New Street,

warns BBC Travel.

Ozbox petitiion

Kelly Smith

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

More than 700 people have so far signed a petition to try and save a fitness and anti-crime scheme in Derbyshire.

Ozbox Boxing stall at Derby's One Year To Go celebration
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Derbyshire Police says it'll have to stop running Ozbox because they haven't secured lottery funding for the 430 thousand pound a year programme.

Analysis: Rail fare hike

Richard Westcott

BBC Transport Correspondent

For 10 years or so, successive governments have taken a conscious decision to get more money out of rail passengers through

higher fares.

They get hammered every time they put prices up, even if it's just by inflation, so why do they do it?

A passenger buying a train ticket

The reason is simple. If passengers pay more, the government, and therefore all the other taxpayers, pay less. And the fact is that the vast majority of commuters, about 95%, don't take the train. Most people drive.

Shotton move made permanent

BBC Sport

Derby County have

signed Stoke defender Ryan Shotton on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Derby County defender Ryan Shotton

Shotton originally signed for Steve McClaren's men on loan in August, but he's now completed a deal which keeps him at the iPro Stadium until the summer of 2017.

MP warns ‘humans could be next target’ after Derbyshire village cat shootings

Derby Telegraph

A "sick" cat killer who shot dead a beloved pet on Christmas Day

could target humans, according to an MP.

Derby North MP Chris Williamson made the comments after it was revealed there had been four reported cat shooting incidents in Hilton.

Rail fare rises begin

BBC News


Rail fare rises in England and Wales have come into effect, with trade unions complaining that the increases continue to outstrip wage growth.

Regulated fares - including season tickets -

have risen by up to 2.5%. The rail industry says the average rise of 2.2% is the lowest for five years.

People buying tickets

The TUC says commuters spend more than twice as much of their salary as some passengers in Europe, but the government says fares are crucial to funding rail modernisation.

Roadworks warning in Poolsbrook

BBC Travel

The A6192 Erin Road in Poolsbrook is closed in both directions between the Markham Road junction and the Staveley Road junction, because of junction improvements and widening work,

warns BBC Travel.

Ugly lines to be buried

Lauren Potts

BBC News

A stretch of power lines running through the Peak District national park could be buried underground as part of a £500m scheme.

Pylons in the Peak District national park

The 50m (164ft) tall structures are set to disappear at Dunford Bridge in South Yorkshire as part of National Grid plans

to remove ugly overhead lines.

Today's forecast

Kaye Forster

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

It has been a very blustery night with gusts of wind to 45mph. It will be a much drier and brighter start to the day and the winds will be easing off too.


We will stay dry into the afternoon with some sunshine but it will feel cooler with highs of 7C (45F). More information about the next few days is


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